Sunday, October 20, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 33
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
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JUDY

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF BBC FILMS

JUDY


Where is it playing?: Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG-13

What's it worth?: $Matinee (Karen Garcia)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Rupert Gold’s (True Story) developing résumé includes a lot of directing films and television series based on true events and people. In the biopic Judy, he’s at it again, directing Renée Zellweger as America’s sweetheart and tragic figure, Judy Garland. 

The film takes a look at Frances Ethel Gumm’s—aka Judy Garland’s—last months of her life, while showing glimpses of her past encounters with Louis B. Mayer on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio sets as a young actress. These flashbacks are sparse, and I would have loved to see more of the moments that led to her demise via insomnia and drug and alcohol abuse.

When the audience first steps into Garland’s life, there’s no indication that she’s in trouble. Her head is held high, her presence is commanding, and she’s dressed to impress in a colorful pantsuit.

She’s in the company of her two youngest children, Lorna (Bella Ramsey) and Joey (Lewin Lloyd), who at this time have become part of her stage act of singing and dancing. As they’re getting called to the stage, Garland is given an envelope with a couple hundred dollars and an apology that it might not be what she’s used to receiving. No matter darling, the show must go on.

After the performance, she and her sleepy children get in a taxi to their hotel only to learn that there’s an issue with her bank accounts; the room was released. With nowhere to go, Garland and the children head over to her ex-husband Sidney Luft’s (Rufus Sewell) home so the children have a place to sleep.

It’s the beginning of the end for Garland who becomes homeless, practically penniless, and basically blacklisted from performing in Los Angeles for being unreliable. She wants to make enough to give her children a stable home, so Garland decides to leave for London to perform at the Talk of the Town, a cabaret-restaurant and really the only place that wants to pay for her voice.

The film centers on these last few weeks of loneliness and the angst she feels toward potentially losing her talent. Her talent is her voice, and she remembers it’s the only thing that made her relevant in the industry—that is, according to Louis B. Mayer.

Zellweger did a fine job portraying Garland’s fragility, movements on stage, and frantic yet elegant mannerisms. She also belted out all of Garland’s greatest hits throughout the film beautifully, but hers lacked the fantasy that Garland’s voice possessed.

Judy shows the usual highs and lows of a powerful entertainer broken down by a system dominated by men who controlled women. Like most biopics that don’t have the rights to the entirety of a person’s life, I feel there was a lot missing from this story. I wanted to know more about how Frances became Judy, what her life was like before becoming an actress, and what she struggled with to ultimately die at age 47 from an accidental overdose. The cause of her death is not mentioned at the end of the film. (118 min.) 

—Karen




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